Monthly Archives: December 2014

Google is Building a “Neural Turing Machine”

With The Imitation Game, a movie about the life of Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, now in theatres, it seems appropriate that Google recently announced that it is working on a Turing machine. Turing was an English mathematician and logician who helped crack the Enigma code during World War II. He is credited […]

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The Robots Processing Your Amazon Orders

Amazon recently revealed the high-tech robots it uses to process its orders. The robots come from Kiva Systems, a company Amazon bought for $775 million back in 2012. The company has 10 fulfillments center across the U.S. with more than 15,000 Kiva bots. In addition to the robots, Amazon plans to […]

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Was Apple’s iPod DRM illegal?

This week, ArsTechnica highlights a lawsuit in California regarding Apple and its use of digital rights management (DRM). The suit was brought nearly ten years ago and alleges that Apple’s “FairPlay” system “locked in” its customers, making it prohibitively expensive to switch to technology built by competitors like Real Networks. (The ad pictured was […]

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The World’s Fish Poachers are Now Being Tracked – by Google

Undocumented, unreported, and otherwise illegal fishing reportedly costs the global economy $23 billion a year. In an effort to combat this problem, in partnership with nonprofit groups Oceana and SkyTruth, Google has created Global Fishing Watch, a website that reveals the positions of thousands of fishing boats in near real-time. The site […]

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One in Five Share Most of the Video on the Web

Recode recently published an article that seems to confirm the 80-20 rule applies to web video as well. Simply put, the 80-20 rule means that 80 percent of effects come from 20 percent of causes. (See this article on Wikipedia for more explanation.) The Recode article cites a study by Unruly, an web video […]

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Archived Reports Regarding U.S. Engagement With the United Nations

The State Department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, in partnership with the Library of Congress, recently digitized and made available more than 50 years of reports detailing United States’ engagement with the United Nations. The reports are the United States Participation in the United Nations and Voting Practices in the United Nations, which are […]

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